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Tomorrow should be the blessed day of ‘Arafa according to most places. It is sunnah to fast for those not on Hajj, as we can see by the hadith above.
It is on this day that the people who are on Hajj go to the Mountain of ‘Arafa, which is the central point in the journey, as the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Hajj is Arafa” (Ahmed, Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi) In this place, Allah boasts to His Angels about the people of ‘Arafah, and He says, “Look at My slaves who have come unkempt and dusty.”
As most of us are not away on Hajj, we should take advantage of this blessed day by fasting, repenting to Allah and supplicating. The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) reminded us:
“The best dua is dua on the day of Arafa.” [Malik’s Muwatta]
Remember that Allah has said in a hadith qudsi, Allah has said: “All the deeds of the son of Adam are for him, except fasting, which is for Me and I shall reward for it.”
To earn the pleasure of Allah even more, we can encourage our friends and family to fast by arranging to break the fast together. That way we will have earned the reward for fasting ourselves, as well as the reward of all the other people who fasted because of us, and the reward for feeding a fasting person!
SubhanAllah, and in these blessed days, we can’t miss out.